All Ate the Same Spiritual Food (Paedocommunion)
Unity and Feasting go together in scripture.
If you are on the fence about giving covenant children communion, let me suggest a few maxims and demonstrate them quickly:
- Both initiation (baptism/circumcision) and the covenant renewal meal (Passover/Lord’s Supper) show the BOUNDARIES of who is labeled as one of God’s covenant members.
- Baptism AND Communion are labeled TOGETHER as makers of the the UNITY of the Body.
To say that one more time, both sacraments express 1) Boundaries, and 2) Unity. All who eat are in, all who are in eat.
Here is an efficient list of verses that say just this:Click here to read them at BibleGateway.
Exodus 10.8-10 (Note: this is the original prescription of the meal that ended up as Passover)
8So Moses and Aaron were brought back to Pharaoh. And he said to them, “Go, serve the LORD your God. But which ones are to go?” 9Moses said, “We will go with our young and our old. We will go with our sons and daughters and with our flocks and herds, for we must hold a feast to the LORD.” 10But he said to them, “The LORD be with you, if ever I let you and your little ones go! Look, you have some evil purpose in mind.
1 Corinthians 10.1-4 (Note: Here, Mana and Water from the Rock are the comparisons)
1For I want you to know, brothers, that our fathers were all under the cloud, and all passed through the sea, 2and all were baptized into Moses in the cloud and in the sea, 3and all ate the same spiritual food, 4and all drank the same spiritual drink. For they drank from the spiritual Rock that followed them, and the Rock was Christ.
1 Corinthians 10.16-17 (ALL in the Body eat the bread)
16 The cup of blessing that we bless, is it not a participation in the blood of Christ? The bread that we break, is it not a participation in the body of Christ? 17Because there is one bread, we who are many are one body, for we all partake of the one bread.
1 Corinthians 12.13 (Note: All the Baptized are ONE BODY, and all DRINK ONE SPIRIT)
13For in one Spirit we were all baptized into one body— Jews or Greeks, slaves or free—and all were made to drink of one Spirit.